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''Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill'' is a movie produced by Disney in the early nineties. It features Nick Stahl as a young boy in the late 1800s who meets {{folk hero}}es Pecos Bill, Myth/PaulBunyan, and John Henry.

After his father is shot for refusing to sell the deed to his land in Paradise Valley to an evil coal-mining magnate, Daniel Hackett (Stahl) goes on the run trying to keep the deed from falling into the mining company's hands. He is saved from two outlaws by badass cowboy Pecos Bill (Creator/PatrickSwayze). After explaining the situation, Pecos offers to help Daniel, but not before seeking out the help of his old friend, legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan (OliverPlatt). The trio heads to [[HilariousInHindsight Liberty City]], where they encounter John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown), the steel-driving man. The group continues to battle there way back to Paradise Valley against the mining company's hired guns. All the way, Daniel learns about courage and what it means to be a real man.
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!! ''Tall Tale'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* ArborealAbode: Paul Bunyan is living in a Californian Sequoia forest. (In this version, he's a very large guy but not a giant as he was in the original tall tales.) He's converted the trunk of a single felled Sequoia into a spacious house.
* AchillesInHisTent: Paul Bunyan has become a recluse after the logging industry was modernized.
* AllJustADream: Right before a shoot-out with the BigBad and his mooks, Daniel loses consciousness and wakes up in the raft he fell asleep in back in the beginning. [[spoiler: Subverted, when he learns that the coal company has already begun mining, and Pecos, Bunyan, and Henry show up to help stop them.]]
* ArcWords[=/=]PhraseCatcher: "The Code of the East/North/South/West"
-->"Respect the land! Defend the defenseless! And don't ever spit in front of women or children!" [[RunningGag *Spit*]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Unsurprisingly, Paul Bunyan favours a woodcutter's axe.
* BadAssBoast: Pecos' introductory (and parting) words. The latter is said while he's ''[[CrazyAwesome lassoing a tornado]].''
-->I am a ring-tailed roarer! I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder, and drink longer than any man alive! I'm the rip-snortingest cowboy that ever rode north, south, east, or west of the Rio Grande! I'm Pecos Bill! ''Yee-haw!''
* BarBrawl: It happens right after some tough guy pushes Pecos Bill's...
* BerserkButton: Insulting Texas.
-->'''Tough Guy:''' You're from Texas?
-->'''Pecos:''' I do have that honor, sir!
-->'''Tough Guy:''' I though I smelled something funny in here!! ''(laughs along with his gang)''
-->'''Pecos:''' [[TranquilFury Mister, are you insulting the great state of Texas?]]
-->'''Tough Guy:''' You mean the "great state of two-bit whores"?
-->'''Pecos:''' Mister, you can insult me, and you can insult my friends. Hell, you can even insult my mother, or my horse. But mister don't you ''ever'' insult the great state of Texas!
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Pecos prefers shooting off the "trigger finger" as opposed to killing.
* BottomlessMagazines: Nobody ever seems to run out of bullets for their six shooters.
* BreakoutRole: For Nick Stahl.
* TheCameo: Creator/WilliamHMacy as one of the BigBad's investors. Creator/BurgessMeredith as an old man who tells Daniel & Pecos where they can find Paul Bunyan.
* CoolGuns: J.P. Stiles uses a pair of Mauser C96s, in keeping with his representing the advance of modernity upon the untamed west.
* CoolHorse: "Widowmaker" Pecos' stallion.
** [[CoolHorse Cool Blue Ox:]] Babe, Paul Bunyan's mount.
* CoolTrain: J.P. Stiles has a magnificently baroque creation as his BaseOnWheels.
* CripplingTheCompetition: In a rare good guy example, Pecos Bill shoots the trigger fingers off rival gunslingers as an alternative to killing them.
* DropTheHammer: John Henry wields his sledgehammer in combat just as effectively as he drives steel with it.
* GunsAkimbo: Pecos Bill carries a pair of Merwin Hulbert revolvers which he usually dual wields. Similarly, Calamity Jane has a pair of Colt revolvers which she exclusively fires in this fashion.
* ITakeOffenceToThatLastOne: You can insult Pecos Bill to his face, or you can insult his mama or his horse. But don't ever insult Texas or [[BerserkButton you'll regret it]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Myth/PaulBunyan.
* LargeHam: Swayze and Platt
* MemeticBadass: Pecos Bill is this ''in-universe''.
* MightyLumberjack: Paul Bunyan is literally the embodiment of this trope.
* NotHisSled: John Henry actually '''loses''' his legendary contest with the steel-driving machine, though at the end he mentions looking into a rematch.
** Well, since he would have died during his introduction if it had followed the original story...
* RobberBaron: Evil coal-mining magnate J.P. Stiles wants to turn Paradise Valley into a coal mine and will let nothing stand in his way.
* SavingTheOrphanage: Daniel is trying to protect his family farm from an evil developer, leading him on a long quest across the country to protect the deed to the farm and meeting legendary heroes of American tall tales who join him.
* StoutStrength: Myth/PaulBunyan in this movie is not a giant, just "Three Hundred Pounds of Raging ''Fury''!''
* TallTale: Natch.
* TechnicalPacifist: Pecos Bill will not kill a man on a Sunday. He shoots off their trigger finger instead.
* TemptingFate: Grub and Zeb after Pecos Bill disarms them.
-->'''Pecos:''' I ought to plug you two right now, but I make it a rule never to kill a man on Sunday.
-->'''Zeb:''' Today's Wednesday.
-->'''Pecos:''' Wednesday?
-->''[cue OhCrap from Grub and Zeb]''
* WorldsStrongestMan: John Henry, at least according to Pa's {{tall tale}}s. When he loses the contest against the Steam driver, he gets so mad that when he drives a rail into the rock he's standing on, the whole boulder splits in half.
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